Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Walker, Tombstone Ranger

Nat Walker
Occasionally I get to park my camera in front of someone who deserves far more than the fleeting acclaim its lens delivers. Take Nat P. Walker. For eleven years he's served as chief groundskeeper for Thomasville's City Cemetery, slowly transforming the overgrown stone-garden into a few simple acres of gothic beauty. It keeps him occupied. Lately he's been worried about the crumbling state of the bronze plaques that decorate the graves of various war veterans. Not one to rest on his golf cart, ole Nat rang up his pal Congressman Howard "Mad Dog" Coble. Together they wrangled a mid-morning photo-op that brought out a gaggle of government wonks and one terminally distracted TV cameraman. When I asked Walker for a little pre-podium sound, he obliged - answering my questions with a polite, leathery growl. But his gruff exterior couldn't disguise an oddball wit. Wrapping up the interview, I asked the 61 year old if there was anything else he could think of. Ever so slowly, the crusty caretaker looked me dead in the eye and with a voice that would out-gravel Sam Elliot's asked, "You bring a covered-dish?"

Next time, I'll be sure to...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not to be picky but can you see anything through that eye piece? It looks like you let a dog lick it clean! Haha keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

With Ernesto heading your way, will we be seeing you swimming with your fancycam in the Atlantic?

:-)

princessoctober said...

I love the stories that bring people like that in front of the camera. I was sent here to your blog by another photog. He said to check it out, because I liked his so well. I wrote about him in my blog...I must say he did not disappoint me. Thanks for a great read. What do you think is the most under covered story in your hometown? I always want to know these things.